Gakkou Gurashi and Escapism Through Moe

•July 17, 2015 • 6 Comments

If this current season of anime and my personal life have taught me anything its that life can get really busy and one needs sufficient rest to recuperate from the hustle and bustle of normal days life. I have personally gotten more work in my personal life recently which has given me less time in front of my computer to do silly fun stuff like play Civilisation V all day (and night) and the luxury to watch trashy moe shows. However, I have also noticed thanks to the second season of Non Non Biyori which aptly has the subtitle ‘Repeat’ that the gap between good moe anime and average moe anime is extremely large, let me explain.

 

 

Moe anime has certainly gotten its fair share of a bad reputation over the years and looking back at the copious amounts of shovel-ware, built for market, designed by committee with no artistic value whatsoever material out there its easy to see why. On the other hand, every once in a while we get gems like K-on! And Squid Girl which allow us to remember what makes the sub genre so good in the first place.

 
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The Kidd’s Most Anticipated Games From E3 2015

•June 19, 2015 • 4 Comments

Im going to get this right out of the way, this years E3 is the best I have ever witnessed ever! We got so many great announcements and gameplay trailers, I lost count of how many females I saw up on stage, we got two black female presenters on stage at the same time, I didnt think Id ever see that ever, I lost count of how many female playable protagonists we got. What a year for games we really have matured.

This is also the year we got 9 Press Conferences, its a full week of nothing but games games games. So here were my highlights in order from the show but first some Honorable Mentions;

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Deus Ex Mankind Divided: My number 11 to be honest just didnt see enough gameplay to make the list.

Tacoma: Gone Home in space with a hearing impared protagonist maybe?

Halo 5 Guardians: Its more Halo, I love Halo.

Edge of Nowhere: Insomniac making a VR exclusive 3rd person AAA game.

Beyond Eyes: A beautiful Indie game with a watercolour aesthetic about a blind girl using her other senses to feel out the world around her.

Ancestors The Human Odyssey: The new Patrice Desilets game that wasnt at any conference but has great ambition. Look out for this one.

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Faith, Friendship, Death, Life, God and Haibane Renmei

•June 9, 2015 • 4 Comments

I had been meaning to rewatch Haibane Renmei for a very long time now, it took me a good 5 years to finally get the stomach and be in the right place mentally to watch it. Very frequently and commonly lauded as one of the best anime out there Haibane Renmei is one of the few great anime I find hard to recommend because it does require a certain amount of….thought to fully appreciate.

Haibane Renmei is on the surface an ‘iyashikei‘ anime, an anime that is meant to soothe and relax, most moe anime fall into this category and this show especially the first half definitely does. Taken as a whole though it turns out to be a psychological drama that really doesn’t pull its punches and thankfully tries its best to not be as obtuse about its true meaning. It was written by Yoshitoshi Abe, creator of Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze, it shares those shows aesthetic and use of symbolism.

Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei is basically a story set in a fictional world where the citizens of a town called Glie are walled in and cannot leave, apart from a mysterious group of people called the Toga. The town of Glie also has a few special beings called Haibane, these Haibane are all teenagers or children that have wings and halos, very similar features to Christian Angels. The Haibane live separately from the humans and are treated differently, they are kind of protected by the townspeople and are looked upon as a sign of good fortune by some. Continue reading ‘Faith, Friendship, Death, Life, God and Haibane Renmei’

The Euphoric Sound of Ambition and Expectations

•April 14, 2015 • 4 Comments

I recently saw what could be the best representation of what it feels like to be insanely ambitious in arguably the best movie of last year, Whiplash. It centered around two very heavily egocentric but determined individuals both seeking to find and become the best musicians the world has ever known, a simple task no? Whiplash worked because it showed the dirty side of this selfish lust, it was both inspiring and kind of scary to see the lengths that these individuals would go to achieve their goals.

A similar piece of entertainment which should be more familiar to you guys would be Chihayafuru. Ive written about Chihayafuru before briefly, its basically an intense sports anime that wraps itself in the facade of a josei drama. It is extremely intense and quite frankly awe inspiring to see what the characters in the show have to go through to get to where they are.

So, what do both of these media have in common? Intensity, hard work, ambition. Hibike! Euphonium… does not, not enough of it not for now atleast and I’ll tell you why that’s discouraging.

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Yuri Kuma Arashi : A Lecture by Kunihiko Ikuhara on Stigma

•March 27, 2015 • 1 Comment

Kunihiko Ikuhara is a very well respected, well decorated Director and screenwriter in the anime industry. He has been around for close to 25 years now. His most notable works are Revolutionary Girl Utena, The second half of the second season of Sailor Moon and most recently Mawaru Penguindrum.  Its no secret at this point that I really did not enjoy the latter half of Mawaru Penguindrum (most of it actually) and Utena didn’t really capture my attention, but there is something about Ikuhara’s works that just brings me back hoping that there is something there that I just didn’t understand or ‘get’ and I believe I have found it in his latest offering Yuri Kuma Arashi. Yuri Kuma header

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The Kidd’s Top 12 Anime of 2014

•January 9, 2015 • 2 Comments

Here we are again at the beginning of a new year and now is the perfect to reminisce about the best anime experiences we had in 2014. Unlike 2013, this year actually had some really good and varied anime, it was a decent year for anime, well for me atleast especially in the final season of the year. Without further ado here are my favourite anime that aired in 2014.

Disclaimer: Only anime that aired this year got to make the cut, I also only added anime that I had seen atleast more than 6 episodes of.

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The Kidd’s Top 10 Games of 2014

•January 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2014 was a very strange year for games, the new generation took its first strides and just like a baby, had a few falls along the way. We certainly didnt get the gems and masterpieces we got last year but we did get some new IP and some new ideas. I had some very memorable moments in some of these games and I’ve arranged my most favourite ones in order.

Disclaimer: Obviously this list only contains games I personally played in 2014. Late entries such as Far Cry 4, This War of Mine, Never Alone and manay more did not make the cut because of time constraints

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